Public Awareness & Creating Supportive Communities
Public awareness can be part of an overall approach to preventing child abuse and neglect.
We are educating the public, making an economic case for prevention, and creating community support and partnerships to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Public Awareness CampaignWhether mandated to report suspected child abuse or not, child sexual abuse prevention is the responsibility of every adult in every community in the Commonwealth. However, many adults have no idea about what to do when they suspect a child is being harmed. Others may know what to do, but are hesitant to get involved or to say anything for fear of being wrong. Whatever the reason, the resulting silence allows the harm to continue, almost always with devastating consequences. Increasing public awareness about the existence of child sexual abuse, how it occurs, and what ordinary citizens can do to prevent or to stop it can help to lay the foundation for community and cultural change where the sexual abuse of children is less likely to occur.
To support this statement, comprehensive child sexual abuse prevention information must be as widespread and available as possible. As stated above, public awareness activities have always been an important part of an overall approach to addressing child abuse and neglect issues because such activities have the potential to reach diverse community audiences: parents, prospective parents, other caregivers, children, youth, and the community at large. Knowledge about child sexual abuse at the grass roots level provides a critical and necessary piece of the foundation for abuse prevention efforts.
To enhance public awareness and support potential adult intervention where instances of inappropriate or harmful behavior towards children are observed or child abuse is suspected or disclosed, Child Chapter Team will work to create a child sexual abuse prevention public awareness campaign with an emphasis on recognizing, responding and reporting.
HOW TO PROTECT CHILDREN AGAINST ABUSEChild abuse is one of the most ignored issues in india and all over the world despite its seriousness. The number of reported cases has been increasing which is now getting the attention of people. Child abuse can result from physical, emotional or sexual harm and can result in both short term and long term injury. In many cases, the children are not even aware that they are victims of child abuse.
Child abuse takes many forms such as physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and even emotional abuse which may be as harmful as physical abuse.
It should be our responsibility as parents, teachers, and caretakers to ensure that we try to prevent child abuse. One of the biggest reasons children are so vulnerable is because of their inability to speak about this to someone older. Since this topic is very sensitive, many parents and adults feel uncomfortable talking about such issues. However, if we educate our children about Child Sexual Abuse we would be able to prevent it or address the situation in a timely way if they were to ever encounter it.
It is very important that these children are given specific information that is age-appropriate about sexual abuse so that they can recognize such behavior. They should be taught techniques to handle such dangerous situations and encouraged to open up about it if something like this were to happen. What helps the most is educating children about the private parts of the body that need to be protected and why. They should also be wary of the differences in touch such as good touch, bad touch, and secret touch. Children should be taught how to say no to any sort of touching that makes them uncomfortable, and finally, they should be given unconditional love and support.
Our support makes a lot of difference in the life a child who has been sexually abused. By making the child feel like it was his or her fault, not believing them, showing anger towards them or being emotional only makes it worse. It would be helpful to use phrases that show them that you are there for them, that they are not to be blamed and that you believe them.
The public – particularly parents and teachers – are encouraged to speak openly about child abuse and the consequences and detrimental effects it has on children.